Hello February: Photos, Geeking Out and Books Read in January


I've been in a decorating mood lately. 
Whether it's lights, heart shaped everything or just enjoying some funny 'Man Candy' in the store line, I'm totally into all the red and pink of Valentine's Day. All our decorations are up and I am totally loving it! I even made some new additions: little hearts that hang in the window between our kitchen and dining room. I just used some red cardstock and playing cards that I punched hearts out of, then I strung them up! Super easy and totally cute!

On Wednesday a friend and I went to Olive Garden, it was so much fun! We spend a few hours just chatting and ordering a ton of different food. We finished off our meal with an absolutely delicious mocha cappuccino that came in a fancy cup, it was awesome!

There's been so much snow lately that we're running out of places to put it! In some areas it comes up to my shoulders! After helping shovel I had one of my favorite Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Half Baked. (Being cold and then eating something frozen is just so brilliant, ha!) The name got a smile out of me, it reminded me of the first Phi Theta Kappa meeting from earlier this week. We had ice-breaker charades and someone had to act out the movie Half Baked, it was hilarious!

Want more? Check out my instagram for daily photo craziness!

1. Portrait of a Spore (Starters 1.5) by Lissa Price (My Review
2. Splintered (Splintered 1) by A.G. Howard (My Review) 
3. Masquerade by Nyrae Dawn 
4. Obsidian (Lux 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
5. Onyx (Lux 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

Spring Semester started recently and I'm still getting the hang of the class load, but I made a list of all the blog posts I want to get posted for this week. Expect Cruel Beauty and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel reviews this week! I really loved both of these books so I can't wait to actually write reviews for them!

Louis Pierson. Countess Castiglione, c. 1860. Albumen print.
One of the classes I'm taking is History of Photography, which is definitely more work than expected, but I'm finding it really interesting! I'm totally in love with the above photo, Countess Castiglione, by Louis Pierson. It's a portrait of Napoleon III's mistress and rumored Italian spy from 1860. Due to long exposure times in the beginning of photography, most photos only captured their sitters in stiff positions, but this portrait really captured the personality of the sitter, I love it! It's clean and detailed, but it also shows the viewer a look into her unique personality. I love the use of the oval picture frame too, it adds to the playfulness of the photo, but I think it might possibly play on the Italian spy rumors with her peeking through the hole making direct eye contact with the viewer. 

Okay, enough with me geeking out, I have homework to do! 

Happy February! 


  1. History of Photo? How cool.

    I've loved your pics on Twitter. They always make me smile.

    1. It's one of my favorite classes I've taken in college!
      Aw thank you! That means a lot!! :)

  2. oh - I want that Half Baked FroYo!!!

    1. Oh my! It is delicious! (There's both cookie and brownie dough in there- so good!)

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    1. Thanks!
      Now I have to think of what to put up for St. Patrick's Day!